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Wright-Morgan Championship Preview

Wright-Morgan Championship Preview

September 20th, 2022

Clevedon Golf Club will be the setting for the final event of the 2022 regular season, with a field place at Lough Erne available for the top 60.

Whilst three members have secured their Challenge Tour cards for next year – James Allan, Dermot McElroy and Michael Stewart – there are still two up for grabs!

This West Country base has been loyal to the PGA EuroPro Tour over the years, with it acting as the home club of John E Morgan, a legend of this third-level developmental tour.

Course

Clevedon is a quirky course that requires confidence in club selection, as there are an array of elevation changes that can leave even the well-equipped confused.

Situated 15 minutes from the centre of Bristol, it is a popular local hub that has seen the EuroPro visit extensively.

J.H. Taylor – five-time Open champion – is responsible for the early design and his original vision remained intact until the 1990s.

The course was improved and lengthened, with the end result adding a further 900 yards on to the overall layout.

Its feature hole is the 348-yard 8th; the tee is positioned more than 200 feet above the fairway and the panoramic views on offer are the best throughout the facility.

With an overall length of 6,557 yards, it’s certainly not the longest of the year.

Due to its intricate design, however, an intelligent golfer will surely be crowned champion come Friday afternoon.

Field

James Allan, leader in the Order of Merit, will not be making the trip to the West Country, which means he could forfeit his number one spot this week.

Dermot McElroy is only £700 behind the leader and the Northern Irishman is featuring this week – can we have a new trailblazer come Friday afternoon?

McElroy heads into the event off of two successive runner-up finishes, and it’s safe to say that his season-long form has continued into autumn.

Michael Stewart finally recorded his maiden EuroPro title at Leven Links, and he wrapped up his Challenge Tour card as a consequence.

The Scotsman has been in scintillating form for the entirety of the campaign, having only missed one cut and recording a worst finish of T17 since the opening event.

Michael Stewart won at Leven Links

Brandon Robinson-Thompson featured in the final grouping alongside Stewart at Leven, although he could not produce a challenge of his own for the title.

Robinson-Thompson will enjoy his return to contention, as he produced two excellent performances on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Ryan Brooks is currently 5th in the seasonal leaderboard, which is a dangerous position to occupy so late into the campaign.

His last top 10 came in July, during The QHotels Collection Championship, but a win at Clevedon could guarantee his Challenge Tour card.

Paul Maddy’s recent form has launched him up the Order of Merit, and he is a mere £59 away from Brooks in 5th.

Maddy has fallen agonisingly short on a few occasions this year, but his desire to return to where he once was should not be overlooked.

Pavan Sagoo, who was crowned champion at Abridge Golf & Country Club, is also featuring in the West Country this week.

Sagoo has been involved with all but one tournament this season, but time is running out if he is to take the successive step.

Jack Davidson and Stuart Grehan are 8th and 9th respectively, with £300 separating the two former winners.

Davidson was as high as 4th following his win at Machynys Peninsula Golf Club, whilst Grehan secured his maiden win at Spey Valley following a seven-hole playoff.

Closing

The Wright-Morgan Championship will mark the end of the 2022 PGA EuroPro Tour season for many professionals.

Considering The Matchroom Tour Championship is the only event to follow, this will be the final opportunity for some members of the field to break into the top 60.

Additionally, with current pace-setter James Allan not featuring, will we see a new leader in the Order of Merit this week?

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